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The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies. Until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan himself. Mack's testament - a compelling blend of memoir, legend, history, and, quite probably, madness - recounts one man's emotional crisis, disappearance, resurrection and death. It also transports you into an utterly mesmerising exploration of the very nature of belief. I last read this book twelve years ago, and remember liking it enough that it deserved a reread. I’m now not sure why. It’s certainly a curious wee tale, unique in both its telling and its premise. A Scottish minister who meets the devil truly is something which should be documented, but the way in which Robertson delivers is at times dry and unengaging. Initially, we’re given a note from a publisher who’s dis

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